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Religion and Brazilian Democracy
Mobilizing the People of God

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482110

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  • As Brazilian democracy faces a crisis of legitimacy, political divisions grow among Catholic, evangelical, and non-religious citizens. What has caused religious polarization in Brazilian politics? Does religious politics shore up or undermine democracy? Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God uses engaging anecdotes and draws on a wealth of data from surveys and survey experiments with clergy, citizens, and legislators, to explain the causes and consequences of Brazil's 'culture wars'. Though political parties create culture war conflict in established democracies, in Brazil's weak party system religious leaders instead drive divisions. Clergy leverage legislative and electoral politics strategically to promote their own theological goals and to help their religious groups compete. In the process, they often lead politicians and congregants. Ultimately, religious politics pushes Brazilian politics rightward and further fragments parties. Yet Religion and Brazilian Democracy also demonstrates that clergy-led politics stabilizes Brazilian democracy and enhances representation.

    • Incorporates many vivid anecdotes of religious politics in Brazil
    • Incorporates multiple forms of qualitative and quantitative evidence
    • Develops a broader explanation of the causes and consequences of evangelical politics in the developing world
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    'Smith expertly and seamlessly draws together observational research, interviews, multiple surveys, and experiments to provide a breathtakingly comprehensive account of the complex dynamics that connect clergy, congregants, and politics. As they compete for souls and resources in a fluid religious marketplace, clergy are capable of strengthening democratic commitment and participation … and of reinforcing conservative politics to tip the balance of Brazil's culture and politics. This extraordinary book will engage and enlighten all those who seek to understand the intersection of religion and democracy in Brazil and beyond.' Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

    'Amy Erica Smith's book is unique, original and, in the Brazilian context above all, extremely timely. Combining multiple databases with qualitative observation, this is both an impressive technical achievement and an invaluable contribution to international debates about the implications of religious partisanship for democratic coexistence.' David Lehmann, University of Cambridge and author of Struggle for the Spirit: Religious Transformation and Popular Culture in Brazil and Latin America

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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482110
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction
    2. Clergy, congregants, and religious politicians
    3. Methods and case studies
    Part II. What Clergy Think, Say, and Do:
    4. What clergy think and say: religious teachings and political views
    5. What clergy do: encouraging partisan and electoral politics
    Part III. How Congregants Respond:
    6. Church influence on citizens' policy views and partisanship
    7. Church influence on voting behavior
    8. Church influence on citizen support for democracy
    Part IV. Representation:
    9. The representational triangle
    10. Conclusion: mobilizing the people of God.

  • Author

    Amy Erica Smith, Iowa State University
    Amy Erica Smith is associate professor of political science at Iowa State University. Smith's research has attracted funding from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Mellon, and Templeton, and the Award for Early Achievement in Research at Iowa State University. Her work on democracy in developing countries has appeared in top political science journals and in the Portuguese-language book, Legitimidade e qualidade da democracia no Brasil: Uma visão da cidadania (2011; with Lucio Rennó, Matthew Layton, and Frederico Batista Pereira).

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